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Saracens’ partnership with Socios.com – your questions answered

Please note: $SARRIES Fan Tokens are a form of cryptoasset. To acquire fan tokens, you must download the Socios.com app, purchase the cryptocurrency, Chiliz ($CHZ), and exchange this cryptocurrency for $SARRIES fan tokens.

Although we only promote $SARRIES Fan Tokens as a tool to engage with the club, we recognise that a secondary market for trading does exist. As such, we remind you that:

(a) the value of cryptoassets is variable and can go down as well as up;
(b) cryptoassets are unregulated in the UK;
(c) capital gains tax may be payable on any profits made on the sale of cryptoassets.

The decision to open a cryptoasset exchange account on the Socios.com app and purchase $CHZ and/or $SARRIES fan tokens requires careful thought and consideration. We advise you to spend only what you can afford to lose, and always seek independent financial advice if you are in doubt. You should not purchase any cryptoassets if you do not fully understand the nature of your purchase and the risks involved. We recommend that you refer to the Socios app Terms and Conditions and Help Pages for more information.

On 18 July, Saracens announced a partnership with Socios.com, a global leader in digital fan engagement and rewards.

Through its platform, Socios provides Saracens supporters around the world with access to an array of rewards, new opportunities for engagement, even more access to the club and Saracens players, and a community where you can engage with other fans.

Below we have provided answers to a number of common questions raised by our supporters to help address any concerns.

 

Q.1 What exactly have Saracens announced and who are Socios.com?

Saracens have announced a multi-year commercial partnership with Socios.com, a leading global digital fan engagement and rewards platform. It will see the launch of a new digital-based fan reward programme, designed to allow Saracens supporters around the world to interact with the club through a series of competitions, fan experiences on matchdays and non-matchdays, and votes in competitions and polls.

Supporters are able to take part in the programme by buying a Saracens Fan Token. Seasonal Members will be provided with a free Fan Token, which they can agree to accept or not. No supporter is obliged to have any involvement should they not wish.

Socios.com is a leading global fan engagement platform with 1.5m users in more than 150 countries. It has over 170 partners in 25 countries across 10 sport verticals, comprising American football, basketball, cricket, football, gaming, ice hockey, MMA, motor sports, tennis and, of course, rugby union. With the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, Paris St-Germain and the Aston Martin F1 Team as partners, there has been a huge amount of global interaction with the platform already. Socios.com launched its first partnerships with fellow Premiership rugby union clubs, Leicester Tigers and Harlequins, on the same day as Saracens.

 

Q.2 But Saracens already have a Membership programme, Saracens Rewards?

Saracens has a benefits and rewards programme for Saracens supporters, Saracens Rewards, that has been in operation for several years. The programme recognises and rewards supporters’ activities and interaction with the club, e.g. earning reward points for attending matches at StoneX Stadium and purchasing merchandise. Supporters are then able to use their reward points to contribute to additional ticket and merchandise purchases.

Our Socios.com rewards programme is for all of our supporters around the world. The Socios.com platform also provides token holders with access to a global community of fans of other sports, and the opportunity to engage with other clubs of different sports.

Our team will be working hard with Socios’ team to provide great prizes and rewards through Socios.com, all of which will be additional to what is available through the Saracens Rewards programme.

Each Saracens Seasonal Member will be provided 1x free Saracens Fan Token as part of the Socios.com partnership. They do not have to use this if they choose not to.

 

Q.3 What are the benefits of the Socios.com partnership for the Club and our supporters?

This is primarily a proven digital fan engagement tool that will help the Club interact with fans around the world, but notably, Socios data shows that more than 50% of Socios.com’s users are aged between 24-34 years old, a key audience for the Club to engage as we seek to grow in the future.

Socios.com provides an intuitive platform that allows Saracens to deliver more opportunities for supporter engagement, via polls on supporter community decisions, games and community features. The more supporters engage with their clubs and each other, the more they can claim rewards such as signed merchandise, VIP tickets or access to experiences. This enables supporters to form communities with fellow Club followers, and given the size and scale of the platform, and the number of global users, it will help us grow our supporter base and make us stronger as a club.

This is also an important commercial partnership and a key pillar of growth as the Club rebuilds from COVID-19 and continues on a journey to be financially stable.

 

Q.4 What are Fan Tokens and how do they work?

Supporters wishing to take part can purchase a Saracens Fan Token, with all 2022/23 Seasonal Members receiving a token for free.

Fan Tokens are digital assets which give holders access to rewards, access opportunities and the right to vote on official team polls. A single Fan Token is all you need to participate in polls related to the club, however certain rewards and experiences will be “token-gated” and therefore require you to own more than one token in order to be eligible to win. The exact number of tokens one will need to own for these select rewards and experiences will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The number of tokens that can be used for some fan related polls will be capped at one to ensure that decisions are shaped by all supporters within the community.

The new Fan Tokens will be accessible via Socios.com’s fan engagement and rewards platform, providing Fan Token holders with an array of rewards, new opportunities for engagement through polls, greater access to their club and its players, and a community where they can build networks with other supporters.

Fan Tokens will be made available through a fixed initial Fan Token Offering (FTO) price of £2. There is a set number of Fan Tokens available.

 

Q.5 Are people using Fan Tokens to make money?

Saracens don’t encourage our supporters to use Fan Tokens to try and make money, and Socios.com makes clear that they should not be used for financial investment.

Fan tokens are not an investment product, they are a utility asset. Their value is in how fans can use them to engage further with the club and access the unique polls and experiences.  Fan tokens were not created for the purpose of generating profit for its holders. They are entertainment products rather than items of speculation.

Socios.com data shows that the average user holds 2.5 Fan Tokens and 80% of Socios.com users own less than five Fan Tokens.

Our focus is on making Saracens Fan Tokens provide supporters with great experiences and rewards. The value comes from this utility.

 

Q.6 Can fans buy more than one token?

Yes, fans can buy more than one Fan Token.

One Fan Token is enough to participate in every Socios.com-related poll linked to Saracens. Owning more Fan Tokens essentially qualifies you for greater rewards and, in the case of some polls, greater influence.

All polls have token caps, which essentially limit the relative influence a token holder can have and for some fan related polls the tokens will be capped at one.

 

Q.7 There’s been a lot written about NFT’s and cryptocurrency businesses in sport – is this just another one of those schemes which just aims to make money out of fans? How is Socios.com different?

Saracens has chosen to partner with Socios.com as they are the market leader in the fan token space and focus on digital fan engagement. Of course, if a fan doesn’t want to buy one, they don’t have to. Fans who do choose to buy their Fan Tokens do so to become more involved with their club.

Importantly, Fan Tokens are purchased for a one-time fee and do not need to be renewed. The true value of the token – which comes in the opportunities and rewards offered to fans through the Socios.com platform – is not affected by the wider crypto market, as it is about the rewards and experiences on offer to token holders.

 

Q.8 Is the market for crypto currencies un-regulated? How responsible is the partnership?

Yes, the market remains unregulated and therefore the price of fan tokens goes up and down based purely on supply and demand. It is important to stress that Fan Tokens are not investment tools – it is a fan engagement and rewards product that will unlock experiences for $SARRIES token holders, such as the opportunity to vote on the name of the new West Stand at StoneX Stadium, vote on the colour way of the 24/25 kit, and chances to win tickets, hospitality and merchandise. Do not purchase fan tokens for investment purposes and only purchase the amount of fan tokens that you feel comfortable with financially.

 

Q.9 Crypto currencies have been criticised for being environmentally damaging due to their energy consumption – how do Fan Tokens differ if based on blockchain technology?

Socios.com Fan Tokens are created on the Chiliz blockchain, which is moving to a ‘proof of stake’ model that is estimated to be 99% more energy efficient than the more widely used ‘proof of work’ model that has traditionally been used.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION: KEY FACTS ABOUT SOCIOS.COM

    • – Socios.com has over 1.5 million users in 167 different countries
    • – More than 50 percent of the Socios.com users are aged between 24-34 years old.
    • – Average user holds Fan Tokens of 2.5 partners.
    • – Around 80 percent of Socios.com users hold under 5 Fan Tokens in total
    • – Around 50 percent of Fan Token holders vote regularly on Fan Polls
    • – 300 polls were launched in 2021
    • – 5,000 fans were rewarded with tickets, merch, experiences, etc.
    • – In 2022, over 500 fan polls have already been launched and Socios.com plan on giving away 17,000 rewards, from official products and match-worn jerseys to free tickets and VIP experiences.
    • – Socios.com has over 170 partners in 25 countries across 10 sport verticals: American Football, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Gaming, Ice Hockey, MMA, Motor Sports, Rugby and Tennis.
Partners

On the evening of Wednesday 11th May, a host of Saracens Womens players will be descending on StoneX Stadium to take on the role of coach and give young players from the community the chance to learn from the very best.

The session is open to all players aged U11 – U18 and will provide an opportunity to work with players on a number of skill stations alongside Saracens’ award winning community coaches and high-profile Saracens players under the floodlights of StoneX Stadium on the 4G pitch!

The session will allow young players to train in a fun and enjoyable environment developing individual concepts such as catch & pass, evasion and game play.

The coaching session will be followed by an opportunity to collect autographs and mingle with the players responsible for some of the most expansive and entertaining rugby in the Allianz Premiership 15s.

OVERVIEW

The Saracens Players Coaching Event is Saracens’ most immersive coaching experience. The programme, following on from the mens event which is now in its eighth season, will look to provide a similar experience in this first event of its kind for the Womens Team at the club.

Saracens profile players are able to attend these evenings to pass on their expert coaching tips to young players across the community. The Saracens players will instil some of the values that drive them, urging young talent to work hard; play with honesty, humility and discipline whilst working together as a team.

Each child will receive their very own limited edition t-shirt to train in and the evening will conclude with an opportunity to collect autographs plus have photos taken with some of the biggest names in the Gallagher Premiership, most of whom are often unable to attend our traditional rugby camps programme.

Specific Course Information:
Course: Saracens Players Coaching Event
Venue: StoneX Stadium
Date: 11/05/22
Time: 18.00 – 18:15 – Arrival for registration
18:30 – Rugby sessions begin
19:30/19:45 – Rugby sessions end & autograph session begins
20:30 – Event close
Ages: U11 – U18
Price: £50.00

Players to be confirmed
*Selected players may be subject to change due to injury, illness or other rugby commitments.

SARACENS RESIDENTIAL RUGBY CAMP

Come and experience the life of a professional rugby player on our residential camp. For two days and one night you will eat, sleep, train, recover and abide by the Core Values in the same way as the Saracens first team do daily.

Throughout your time with some of our top coaches you will work on differing skills that will make you a more rounded player and give you the ability to view the game from different perspectives on the pitch. You will develop skills in leadership, decision making and goal setting as well as creating a game plan that will suit the players around you.

Outside of training the players will learn more about nutrition, the best ways to recover after rugby activity and what work is done away from the pitch in terms of preparation and analysis, all of which will help players achieve their goals set out with coaches throughout the camp.

Our coaches will each bring a range of skills all specialising in different areas of the game. Their knowledge will enable players to work on position specific skills, as well as giving them the opportunity to learn something new, including kicking, scrummaging and passing as well as the contact areas of the game.

Whilst at a Saracens Rugby Camp children will strive to adhere to our core values:

Discipline

We understand our role within the team and commit to be the best that we can be.

Honesty

We are honest with our self and help create a safe environment where others can give and receive honest feedback.

Work Rate

We work together as a team and always give 100%.

Humility

We are good losers as well as good winners and we treat everyone with respect.

Included

TRAVELLING BY TRAIN

The stadium is served by four train stations:

  1. White Hart Lane (London Overground): approx. 5 mins walk to the stadium – that’s more or less 500 steps for those of you with fitness apps.
  2. Northumberland Park (Abellio Greater Anglia services): approx. 10 mins walk to the stadium and about 1,000 steps.
  3. Tottenham Hale (Victoria line and Abellio Greater Anglia services): approx. 25 mins walk to the stadium and roughly 2,500 steps.
  4. Seven Sisters (Victoria line and London Overground): approx. 30 mins walk to the stadium and around 3,000 steps.

You are advised to check your journey prior to leaving in case of any line closures or diversions.

Travelling through Victoria
Take the Victoria line to Seven Sisters or Tottenham Hale, then take a bus to the stadium or walk. If you wish to take the Overground to White Hart Lane, you are advised to board at Liverpool Street.

Travelling through Waterloo
Take the Northern line to Euston and then use the Victoria line as above.

Travelling through Paddington or Marylebone
Take the Circle line to Liverpool Street for trains to Northumberland Park or White Hart Lane. Alternatively, you could take the Metropolitan line to Kings Cross and the Victoria line as above. (If you are travelling through Marylebone you will need to walk to Baker Street to access the Circle and Metropolitan lines).

Travelling through Euston or Kings Cross St Pancras
An alternative to using the Victoria line is to take the Circle or Metropolitan lines to Liverpool Street for trains to Northumberland Park or White Hart Lane.

Travelling through Liverpool Street
Use London Overground for direct trains to White Hart Lane, or Greater Anglia for direct trains to Northumberland Park.

Travelling through Stratford
Take a direct Greater Anglia train to Northumberland Park.

Travelling through Fenchurch Street
Walk to Liverpool Street for trains to Northumberland Park or White Hart Lane.

TRAVELLING BY TUBE

Travelling through Victoria
Take the Victoria line to Seven Sisters or Tottenham Hale, then take a bus to the stadium or walk. If you wish to take the Overground to White Hart Lane, you are advised to board at Liverpool Street.

Travelling through Waterloo
Take the Northern line to Euston and then use the Victoria line as above.

Travelling through Paddington or Marylebone
Take the Circle line to Liverpool Street for trains to Northumberland Park or White Hart Lane. Alternatively, you could take the Metropolitan line to Kings Cross and the Victoria line as above. (If you are travelling through Marylebone you will need to walk to Baker Street to access the Circle and Metropolitan lines).

Travelling through Euston or Kings Cross St Pancras
An alternative to using the Victoria line is to take the Circle or Metropolitan lines to Liverpool Street for trains to Northumberland Park or White Hart Lane.

Travelling through Liverpool Street
Use London Overground for direct trains to White Hart Lane, or Greater Anglia for direct trains to Northumberland Park.

Travelling through Stratford
Take a direct Greater Anglia train to Northumberland Park.

Travelling through Fenchurch Street
Walk to Liverpool Street for trains to Northumberland Park or White Hart Lane.

You are advised to check your journey prior to leaving in case of any line closures or diversions.

TRAVELLING BY BUS

The stadium is well-served by TfL buses, albeit with some services diverted during the road closure period.

Bus diversions will be minimised, so they are back operating on the High Road as soon as possible after the final whistle.

Before and during a match, services that normally run up and down the High Road (149, 259, 279 and 349) are diverted to the east of the stadium at Lansdowne Road, rejoining the High Road at the Northumberland Park junction.

You are advised to check your journey prior to leaving in case of any line closures or diversions.

CYCLING TO THE STADIUM

We encourage spectators to cycle to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  There is ample cycle parking around the stadium and at the Tottenham Community Sports Centre and St Francis De Sales School, with capacity for 220 bicycles across the two sites.

Cycle Superhighway 1 begins on Church Road immediately opposite the stadium and runs to Liverpool Street station.

There is both on-street and off-street cycle parking provided in the local area around the stadium.

TRAVELLING BY CAR

No parking
There is no parking available for general admission fans at the stadium.

The road closures also mean that, if you choose to travel by car, you will not be able to exit any car parking facility within the road closure area for one hour after the final whistle.

Therefore, in most cases, we discourage fans from driving to the stadium, so please explore your public transport options before travelling.

Accessible Parking

TBC. For any queries please email supporterservices@saracens.net

DONATE £5 TO ENTER OUR FREE PRIZE DRAW TO WIN … 

…an incredible money can’t buy prize, donated by our good friends at StoneX 

A trip for two people to a Saracens European away game during the 2022-23 season, including return flights with the Saracens squad, staff and guests, one nights hotel accommodation, evening dinner and pre-match lunch with senior Saracens staff and guests, and two tickets to the game.

 

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Make your £5 donation via our online donation link here 
  2. Alternatively, enter for free via the online prize draw form at the bottom of this page 

 

FREE PRIZE DRAW – TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

1. By entering the prize draw you are agreeing to these prize draw Terms and Conditions.

2. The prize draw is being run by Saracens Ltd on behalf of Duchenne UK.

 

Eligibility to Enter

 

3. The prize draw is open to entrants over 18 years of age. Employees of Saracens Ltd are excluded from the prize draw.

4. In entering the prize draw, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win.

6. The prize draw is free to enter.

 

How to Enter

 

7. To be automatically entered into the prize draw simply donate £5 to Duchenne UK, either when purchasing tickets for the Showdown 2 match or via the +5 4 Duchenne donation button at  www.saracens.com/duchenne-uk-theshowndown2-match-day-charity-partner/ from Monday 6th December 2021 until 3.00pm on Saturday 26th March 2022; or enter for free by completing the free entry form at  www.saracens.com/duchenne-uk-theshowndown2-match-day-charity-partner/ from Monday 6th December 2021 until 3.00pm on Saturday 26th March 2022. Entries received after this time and date will not be included in the draw.

8. Saracens will not accept responsibility if contact details provided are incomplete or inaccurate.

 

The Prize

 

9.  The prize will be a trip for two people to a Saracens European away game during the 2022-23 season, including return flights with the Saracens squad, staff and guests, one nights hotel accommodation, evening dinner and pre-match lunch with senior Saracens staff and guests, and two tickets to the game. The two return flights will be economy and will depart and arrive at an airport chosen by Saracens Ltd. The hotel accommodation will be chosen by Saracens Ltd and will include one double or twin bedroom and breakfast for two people. The two winners will join other Saracens guests for an evening three course dinner, including selected wines and beers. The two winners will also join other Saracens guests for a pre-match lunch, either at the stadium or at another venue near the stadium when selected wines and beers will again be provided. 

10. The draw will be made online and the winner drawn at random.

11. The Saracens European away game will be chosen by Saracens Ltd with the winners joining Saracens staff and other guests on this organised trip.

12. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternatives will be offered.

13. If the winner is unable to use the prize they must notify Saracens as soon as possible so that it can be offered to another randomly drawn entrant to the Prize Draw.

14. The decision of Saracens regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.

 

Winner Announcement

 

15. The winner will be notified after 26th March 2022 via the email address provided.

16. If the winner does not respond to the emails notifying them of their win within 14 days they will lose their right to the prize, and Saracens reserves the right to choose and notify a new winner.

 

Receipt of the Prize

 

17. The winner will be provided with full details of the prize, dates, times and travel plans once the 2022-23 European fixtures have been confirmed.  

 

Data Protection and Publicity

 

18. You consent to any personal information you provide in entering the prize draw being used by Saracens Ltd for the purposes of administering the prize draw, and for those purposes as defined within our privacy notice.

19. All entrants may apply for details of the winning participant by contacting us at e-mail address to be given

20. All personal information shall be used in accordance with Saracens Ltd Privacy Notice.

 

Limitation of Liability

 

21. Saracens Ltd does not accept any liability for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrants as a result of either participating in the prize draw or being selected for a prize, save that Saracens Ltd does not exclude its liability for death or personal injury as a result of its own negligence.

22. Saracens reserves the right to cancel the prize draw or amend these terms and conditions at any time, without prior notice.

23. The prize draw and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Thank you for booking your child on a Saracens Rugby Camp. We look forward to welcoming your child to what is set to be an excellent fun-filled few days of coaching, the Saracens way!

Please see below the information regarding the details of the camp. If you have any questions, please contact our Camps Manager at community@saracens.net.

On Arrival

We encourage you to arrive between 09:40 – 09:55 to register your child ahead of a 10:00 start. Please note we cannot be responsible for children before this time.

Collection

Parents of U7’s & U8’s should collect their children at 1.00pm and all other age groups at 3pm. Please give their name to the lead coach of their group and ensure he/she marks your child as collected. Late pick up could incur an additional charge.

Kit List

Remember; “a warm dry child is a happy child” – please take weather conditions into consideration. Please be aware activities will continue unless there are extreme weather conditions, and the following kit is recommended:

Food

Food will not be provided on this camp so please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch plus snacks and water – in a named water bottle.

Medical Treatment

Any medication must be handed in on arrival, unless it is self-administered such as Ventolin. Please put it in a named bag with clear instructions on dosage. You should already have informed us, when booking, of any treatment which your child might need, or of any other allergies / dietary requirements. If there are any medical problems, we will contact you straight away. Please make sure you are available on one of your emergency contact numbers at all times

Coaching

The Camp will be staffed by RFU-accredited coaches who are fully DBS checked and approved and first aid trained; the highest safety measures will be taken

Behaviour

All camps are designed to be enjoyed by every participant. We expect the highest standards of behaviour and conduct on all our camps, and should any players misbehave or bully other participants, we shall have no option but to send them home and payment will be withheld. I am sure that you will understand this and, that as parents/guardians, you will reinforce these points to your children.

Photography

By booking this camp you agree to allow photographs to be taken of your children to be used within future marketing materials and placed on the official website. If you have any concerns or do not wish for photography of your child to be used, please email community@saracens.net or let the site manager know when you register your child at the start of the course on the day.

Disclaimer and Liability

All participants are covered by Public Liability Insurance whilst on the Saracens Rugby camp. However, Saracens Ltd can not be held responsible for any act, omission, loss, or damage such as

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall limit Saracens Ltd liability for death or personal injury caused by their negligence or the negligence of its employees.

Cancellations

If a Participant withdraws after booking onto a course, Saracens reserves the right to withhold the full course fee. Any participant withdrawal made prior to 2 weeks before the start date of the event will have the option to a credit for use on a similar camp (subject to a price alteration – No refund will be made on a cheaper course). Any withdrawals made within the 2 weeks before the start date of the camp will not be refunded and there will not be an option to a credit for any reason.

Should the camp not go ahead and be cancelled by the organisation, then all participants will be refunded the monies paid within 30 days of the cancelled event.

We look forward to meeting you and your child at our camp very soon.